One of my favorite podcasts, Booked., reviewed The Maltese Jordans last week, giving it five stars! Times two!
Truly. Both of the hosts of this awesome, long-running crime / literary review podcast gave “The Full Five” to my new novel. I was and am psyched!! I’ve been a listener for a long time and have never heard them give double fives before.
It’s a fun listen. So check it out. Even if they know nothing about sneakers, they did a hell of a good job of talking about the book. I’m honored!
Want to have your name featured in the print and ebook versions of my new novel, The MalteseJordans? Well, read on to find out how.
First I want to tell you that the 17th audio episode of The Maltese Jordans – Jack Palms’s newest epic adventure—is coming out tomorrow on my Patreon. If you’re already subscribed, great! You have something good to look forward to. If not, here’s your chance to join the Patreon page and get all of the MJs episodes (51 chapters!) for just $3 a month. That’s right. Cancel anytime. I’m so convinced you’ll like what I’ve got going on there—you did used to listen to my podcast, right?—that I’m offering it for just $3 to get all the episodes, caught up, and ready to roll on into the ending and book-release in January and Feb.
And here’s how you can get your name in the book: join now and you’ll be assured a spot on the Maltese Jordans Acknowledgements Page! That’s right, I’ll be thanking all my Patreon subscribers specifically in the book. Get on this before I start my special offer campaign and you’ll be in the most-special spot.
Does this email read like I should be offering you a free set of Ginsu knives? Well… actually I have a special offer coming up soon and I will be giving away Jack Palms Swag! Check out this poll and vote now to let me know what items you’d covet. Yes indeed! Maltese Jordans swag is coming!
That’s all for today from Easthampton. It’s cold here, but sunny with no snow on the ground. Great things! I wish you all the best for a wonderful holiday season and rest of 2018. May 2019 start off killer-awesome for you and yours.
What’s more: Young Junius and Czechmate are both on sale today for $0.99. Pick ’em up!
Download the audio episode here to get all the current news from me on The Maltese Jordans audio, print version, and lots more coming soon!
Here’s the news: On April 1, the past episodes of The Maltese Jordans are going up to the $5 reward level. Now’s the time to hop in and download all the eps for just $3 a month AND that’ll keep you tuned in for the new content and updates. Enjoy!
Also, my next Office Hour is Coming Friday @3PM Eastern. Tune in!
Click here to listen or download this interview. Enjoy!
The fine folks of the Booked. Podcast were nice enough to have me on last month for a far-ranging conversation about: GI Joes, Publishing, the urge to write and where it comes from, podcasting history (my own and a general one), what I’m reading, and much more.
We also talked about Patreon and The Maltese Jordans. I hope you enjoy it.
If you’d like to hear more from Booked, including plenty of great discussions and reviews of contemporary crime novels all the time, find them here on the web and consider supporting them on Patreon here: patreon.com/booked
Here’s my Southern Gothic style story “To the Bone” for your ears.
Click here to download or listen.
This audio first appeared on CrimeWAV with guest host Mark L. Berry–my boy! Thanks, Mark!
“To the Bone” was first published in The Booked. Anthology back in 2013. Thanks much to the Booked. Podcast guys, who’re also on Patreon here.
Backstory on the story: I don’t know where this one came from, but I wrote it back in SF about 5 years ago. It feels very Faulkner-influenced and, since I’ve just picked up Go Down, Moses again for the first time in a LONG time, I thought of it. Where did these characters come from, Duncan and Estep? Neither of them PC or forgivable? Perhaps the story “Pantaloon in Black” holds the answer. Also, if you’re looking for a good read you could do a lot worse than to start there.
Anyway, that’s my background on this one and a reading tip for the month.
Thanks for listening! If you’d like to find more of my new audio work, head to my Patreon page here.
JACK PALMS is BACK! And now for the first time, Chapter 1 of The Maltese Jordans is free for you to download, listen to, share, and crow about to all your friends!
Feel free to share this post. After you listen here to chapter 1 (click to listen or right-click to download) you can head over to my page at Patreon OR go right to this page:
THE MALTESE JORDANS – Episode 1 is HERE
to hear all of episode 1, 3 chapters, all free for your ears! Take the story out, give it a test-drive and see what you think before you buy, purchase, support right there on the Patreon page. Go on! What have you got to lose?
So here’s your boy, working on a new publishing model for audiobooks, asking you to come along for the ride. Enjoy!
See links below for sharing. Thanks.
Click here to download or listen to the podcast.
Steve Owens is a longtime listener and fan of my work, an early and awesome Patreon supporter and a podcaster in his own right. He runs the Fascination Street Podcast, which you can find here: http://fascinationstreetpod.com
Alex Hernandez is his podcasting partner you’ll hear. He runs a separate podcast, Finding Stax (http://findingstax.com/)
In our interview we cover:
- my recent connection with the real residents of the Young Junius towers
- the genesis and depth of my recent obsession with Jordans —Revealed!
- a proper consideration of Patreon post pace and content
- and much, much more!
I hope you enjoy it.
In 1999 I had the good fortune to study with one of my heroes, the novelist and short story writer Denis Johnson. This happened at a workshop put on by the University of Montana at a place called Yellow Bay on Flathead Lake.
I took a two-day train trip out of Boston, on Amtrak, and stepped off a train in Whitefish, Montana, spent the night there, and arranged for someone to drive me the rest of the way to the lake. A couple hours, I think.
During that week I met other writers and had a great time. But the highlight was meeting and actually becoming friends with my hero, Denis Johnson.
He liked the pieces I put up for workshop very much, chief among these “When They Were Calling You in for Dinner.” Late in the week, he took me aside. We walked along the shore of the lake, skipping rocks onto the water. He told me (and here I’m paraphrasing), “if you take care of your craft and focus on writing well, everything else will work out.” He said it much more succinctly, clearly, but that was the heart of it. In short, he gave me the confidence to write. Even more than that, he gave me the seed of a faith that this could work. Not the start, but perhaps a foundation of my belief.
He encouraged me to apply to graduate programs, and a year later I wound up at his alma-mater, the University of Iowa, and the Writers’ Workshop. We corresponded for a few years after that and I had the pleasure of being his Iowa City tour guide when he came to read in 2002.
He was a friend, a teacher, and a great writer–the author of Jesus’ Son and the National Book Award-Winning Tree of Smoke, among others.
And now we have lost him. May Denis Johnson rest in peace.
This summer I searched out the tape I bought of his “craft lecture” at that conference and found it, bought a small auto-reverse cassette walkman with a USB output, and I converted it to audio. I hope you’ll enjoy this. I certainly taught me a lot.
Click here to listen or right-click to download the file: http://shoutengine.com/SethHarwoodCrime/SethHarwoodCrime-1999-denis-johnson-craft-lecture-1999-37622.mp3
Yes, that’s my boy Aldo Calcagno on the left and JACK PALMS on the right. Need more? Want more? Listen here: Download
Why? Because THE MALTESE JORDANS podcast has started! JACK is back!
And you have to go get it here for all the audio goodness: patreon.com/sethharwood Enjoy!
This is the audio replay of the Q&A on April 26, 2017. Click here to download or listen (or right-click to download).
In this audio, I talk a bit at the open about what you’re getting, what’s coming up, and give a new pre-release pitch for THE MALTESE JORDANS.
Thanks to Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff for the quickie intro at the open. It’s great to hear from an old friend in the game. I’ll have more from him coming up soon for you. What a voice on that guy!
Included content in this episode:
- Short history of my publishing career.
- Why I’m using Patreon now.
- Updates on what’s to come in the near future.
- Pitch content and new info about THE MALTESE JORDANS
- I answer some cool listener questions
- Pre-release reading of the first chapter of the book.
Enjoy! Want to go ahead and get in on a Patreon subscription for upcoming work? Go here.
You can also see links in the video here of my process in Scrivener, a tour of the Patreon page, all the funny faces, my sneakers, and more.
Full video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/kVB8_SnDS4M